Articles by: James Swackhammer

James is a SOLIDWORKS Technical Support Application Expert based in the Javelin Oakville head office

SOLIDWORKS Fastener Comparison: Toolbox vs Custom Made vs Downloaded

SOLIDWORKS Fasteners

Growing up my dad had a bucket of screws, bolts, nuts and washers. His father had the same. Sometimes I was called upon to find a nut for “this” particular bolt. Cliché’ – needle in a haystack. There is a time and place for SOLIDWORKS…

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SOLIDWORKS Design Time Tracking and SR&ED

When doing SOLIDWORKS design work, time tracking is a great idea. I have done a bunch of time studies in the manufacturing world and this helps dictate how long an expected operation should take. Take your car dealership mechanic for example, if you take your…

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SOLIDWORKS Advanced Part Design using Equations & Configurations

SOLIDWORKS Advanced Part Design

At Javelin, we teach a lot of SOLIDWORKS training classes that have great techniques, I’ve often said: ” Oooooooh! Wish I knew that years ago.” So, this article describes SOLIDWORKS Advanced Part Design techniques with the creation of an automotive wheel/rim using equations and configurations….

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Adding SOLIDWORKS Assembly Configuration BOM Headers

SOLIDWORKS Configurations are a great thing. I have spoken many times about how great they are and how big of a fan I am. I came across a major release revert that took away the automatic naming of configuration name titles/headers. I tested this automatic…

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Using a 3D Sketch instead of 2D for the SOLIDWORKS Hole Wizard

We are all used to the standard method of applying SOLIDWORKS Hole Wizard holes. In the Feature tab click on Hole Wizard, select the size, click the Position tab and place the hole in the part. Easy-peasy right? There are times where we must design…

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How to personalize SOLIDWORKS with a Custom Tab

SOLIDWORKS Custom Tab

To each their own. Whatever floats your boat. These are the cliché quotes I think about when it comes to making personal settings inside of SOLIDWORKS. When I teach my go to statement is, “I’m going to show you several ways to do the same…

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SOLIDWORKS Design Table From File

I’m a fan of SOLIDWORKS Design Tables when creating multiple configurations. I think it is an efficient way to design and especially if you are a fan of Microsoft Excel you will like it too. Check out our recent blog post on how to create…

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SOLIDWORKS Hole Wizard Zero Thickness Geometry Rebuild Error

Oh no, a rebuild error has appeared reporting: “Unable to create this feature because it would result in zero-thickness geometry”. Has this ever happened to you when trying to insert a SOLIDWORKS Hole Wizard hole? This most often happens when trying to place a hole…

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SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Curvature Overlaps

Sheet Metal Part

Sometimes when you create a sheet metal design you must adhere to standard sheet metal sizes and what your company or outsourced company can cut on laser/plasma/water jet machines. Most companies will have tables large enough for a length of 120 inches but the lucky…

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